West Virginia Business Name Search

Getting Started

One of your first steps on the way to building a business will be coming up with a name that truly suits your business. While it may seem like a simple step, there are a number of things to consider as you’re coming up with potential names. To begin with, you’ll want to take a look at the Name Requirements for West Virginia.

With the help of those requirements, you’ll be able to come up with names that are more likely to be approved. Once you have a few names on your list, it’s also going to be worthwhile to make sure your chosen names are available.

We’re going to guide you through this process, and help you get started on the registration process.

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The West Virginia Secretary of State website allows you to easily perform business name searches using the Business Entity Search page. Using this feature, you simply type in the name you are looking for, and a list of results will be provided for you based on that search. Within those results, you’ll even be able to see what kinds of businesses are using the name, or similar names as well as whether or not they are active.

You can also use that search page to request a certificate of good standing when needed. This can be useful when you’re trying to figure out the status of a business that may already have your name.

For further questions or a deeper look, you can also email or call the SOS business department.

West Virginia Secretary of State Office


Phone: (304) 558-8000

Email: Business@wvsos.gov

Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

Through the name guidelines page listed earlier, you’ll be able to locate the application for name reservation form, which will be necessary in avoiding having your name taken before you’ve made it through the registration process.

The following things are worth keeping in mind for this process:

– The fee for this application is $15.

– When the application is approved, your chosen name will be reserved for 120 days.

– Your name will need to follow the listed guidelines for your business type, as well as be available.

The more information you have on hand, the easier completing your name reservation will be. Luckily, these are some of the simpler documents when compared to much of the other business paperwork you’ll need to do.

The following pieces of information will be useful for this form:

– The name you are looking to reserve for your business.

– The type of your business.

– Applicant’s intention for the company, such as creating a West Virginia business.

– Address and name of the applicant.

– Signature, date and phone number.

In some cases, you may run into problems with obtaining your ideal name. It may already be taken, or there are names too similar for yours to be approved. While this can be a troubling situation, it’s one that many people run into, especially if the market they are looking to get into is more saturated.

The easiest option you have is to keep coming up with new name ideas until you find something both suitable and available. Second to that, you can also contact the SOS business department to learn about what other options you may have.

If you’re still unable to find a business name that suits you, try using our business name generator to get unique name ideas (click here to find our business name generator).

Registering your business Domain/website

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to check if the domain name is available for your business. The last thing you want is to register your business name and find out another competitor or company already has a website with your name! Use our domain check below to instantly check availability.

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